Many of us are familiar with the phrase, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” I am sure that I have said this many times myself. However, I now realize that this phrase is not complete. Actually, by itself it represents an imbalanced and distorted view of living the Christian life. Maybe we should look at it this way, “Make sure that you are heavenly minded so that you will be useful for God’s good work on earth.”
Here are a few points to consider. We are called citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). Christians are part of God’s family and share the same rights and privileges, regardless of their earthly citizenship. They are ambassadors of a heavenly country (Hebrews 11:16; 2 Corinthians 5:20), which means they represent God’s interests first and foremost. Next, we are told to seek the wisdom from above, not of this earth. The contrast between the two is staggering (James 3:13-18). Filling your life with earthly wisdom will produce rivalry, selfish ambition, jealousy, boasting, and chaos. Filling your life with heavenly wisdom will make life sensible, peaceable, gentle, and merciful.
Your effectiveness on earth will develop as you learn to operate with God’s heavenly values and resources. Consider: “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). “Just as we have borne the image of the earthly, we will also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:49).
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.